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  1. Updates Friday, 23 June 2017
  2. £124.9m cuts to Norfolk County Council services revealed
  3. Vintage coach travels from Norwich to the Shetlands
  4. Three arrested after man falls from back of truck in Bradwell
  5. Serious car crash in Great Yarmouth
  6. Norfolk commentator Henry Blofeld retires
  7. Norwich City's Jacob Murphy scores for England U21's

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye and have a great weekend

That's the end of our regular updates for Norfolk for another week.

Any breaking stories will appear here.

Otherwise we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county from 08:00 on Monday.

Evening forecast: Overcast night

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

Weather forecast

Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

Chessboxing comes to Norwich

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The growing sport of Chessboxing is coming to Norfolk - it requires brains and brawn.

Chessboxing is now a global sport played in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Russia and Japan.

1992: Portrait of Heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis of Great Britain playing chess.
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Competitors alternate between three minute rounds of chess and three minute rounds of boxing.

For the chess bits they have to make a move within 10 seconds to prove they're not stalling, so luckily they can remove their boxing gloves.

Matches can be won from either discipline from check mate, a knock-out or on points. Anyone who fancies a go can contact OPEN in Norwich - there's a taster session on Bank Plain later today.

From the archives: The Norfolk Broads 1965

Fifty two years ago this month, a group of young women were photographed waving from their boat on the Norfolk Broads.

Norfolk Broads
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Norfolk mental health boss excited by new plans

We earlier reported the plans for a new mental health unit in King's Lynn being put forward by the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).

Michael Scott

NSFT's chief executive Michael Scott (pictured) said: "We are very excited about these proposals and think that together we have found the best solution for redeveloping and improving our west Norfolk adult acute services, and ensuring their sustainability into the future.

West Norfolk CCG's chair Dr Ian Mack said: "We are delighted to be bringing forward these proposals to our Governing Body for developing our local adult acute mental health services.

"We have been working closely with NSFT and look forward to being able to improve what can be offered within the local area."

Plans for £4m mental health unit in King's Lynn

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans for a 16-bed mental health unit in Chatterton House in King's Lynn - which will be refurbished at the cost of £4m - have been put forward by the local mental health trust and the clinical commissioning group (CCG).

Fermoy Unit, King's Lynn

It will replace the Fermoy Unit (pictured) on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in King's Lynn.

The new unit would offer en-suite single room facilities for men and women with a variety of mental health conditions, such as depression and bipolar disorder.

One of the beds would be reserved for patients discharged from the general hospital who are awaiting onward referral for a mental health condition.

The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment teams (CRHT) - also currently at Fermoy - would move onto the Chatterton House site.

Pauline Davies, the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust's West Norfolk locality manager, said: "Every patient would benefit from a modern, en-suite bedroom, and the ward will also meet single sex criteria.

"Our new day treatment service, or an alternative to admission service, will also be hugely valuable, as it will give clinicians more choice about the best way to continue supporting service users to meet their individual needs."

Norfolk Labour leader hits out at 'vicious cuts' to adult care and children's services.

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The leader of the Labour group has criticised the Conservative-run Norfolk County Council plans to cut £124.9m from its budget.

Steve Morphew
Steve Morphew

The plans include a £31m cut to adult social care, a £23.5m cut to children's services (non-schools) and a £31.2m cut to community and environmental services.

Labour group leader Steve Morphew said: "We are seeing an agenda of cuts, cuts to frontline services.

"I'm extremely worried by the cuts to adult care and children's services - these are providing services to the most vulnerable adults and children.

"These are vicious cuts."

Man seriously injured in Great Yarmouth crash

Earlier we reported a serious car crash in Great Yarmouth when police were called to North Drive after a Peugeot collided with a central barrier near the junction of Jellicoe Road and Barnard Avenue.

Police have now said one man was seriously injured in the crash and taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

The crash happened at about 02:10 today.

Breakdown of £124.9m cuts to Norfolk County Council services revealed

Budget plans to cut £124.9m over four years have been announced by Norfolk County Council.

Cliff Jordan
Norfolk County Council

A report to the council’s policy and resources committee on 3 July predicts the authority will have to save a further £100m on top of savings of £24.9m already agreed.

It is proposed that the committee will ask services to find the following savings over four years:

  • Adult social care: £31m
  • Children’s services (non-schools): £23.5m
  • Community and environmental services: £31.2m
  • Managing director’s department: £1.3m
  • Finance and commercial services: £3.6m
  • Finance general (which includes pension and grant payments): £9.4m

Council leader Cliff Jordan (pictured) said: “We have ambitious plans for our county – whether it’s giving families the best start in life, working with business to boost growth, or investing in our roads and infrastructure.

“But to do this, we must care for your money. I’m determined we’ll be as efficient as possible and raise money from commercial activities, to help fund support for our families, the local economy, our roads and our health.”

South Norfolk man sought over assault and theft

Police are appealing for help to trace a 20-year-old man who is wanted in the south Norfolk area.

Harry Goodrum
Norfolk Police

Harry Goodrum is wanted in connection with offences including assault, theft and criminal damage following incidents between March and June this year.

Anyone who may have seen Harry Goodrum, or knows of his whereabouts, should contact Norfolk Police.

BreakingNorfolk County Council plans to cut £124.9m

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans to make savings of £124.9m over the next four years have been announced by Norfolk County Council.

The plans include a £31m cut to adult social care, a £23.5m cut to children's services (non-schools) and a £31.2m cut to community and environmental services.

Norfolk County Council statement on redundancy payments

Earlier we reported that redundancy packages of £2.76m have been revealed in Norfolk County Council's statement of accounts for 2016-17.

County Hall, Norfolk

A county council spokesman has now issued a statement, which says: "The council has had to save £334m over the last seven years, which has led to a number of staffing reviews across all departments.

"In the last year, following staffing reviews, 190 staff across the council at all grades left, at a cost of £2.7m.

"This is more than outweighed by the savings made by the council."

Vintage coach travels from Norwich to the Shetlands

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A vintage coach has returned home to Shetland after nearly 40 years.

Nick Taylor in front of the coach
Nick Taylor

It was gifted to the islands by owner Nick Taylor (pictured above with the bus) who restored her.

The 1950s Bedford drove off the overnight ferry from Orkney just after 19:30.

The coach

A small crowd gathered to welcome her back. For nearly three decades she was a lifeline for Shetlanders taking them to school to the shops and on trips around the islands.

The coach was bought by Mr Taylor in 2011, and he completed its restoration at his home at Weybread in Suffolk.

A visit from its Shetland-based former driver in 2013 persuaded Mr Taylor the coach belonged back on the island.

It left from outside Norwich Cathedral on Monday, after a blessing from the bishop.

Three arrested after man falls from back of truck in Bradwell

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a man was injured falling out of the back of a pick-up truck in Bradwell, near Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk.

Police were called at 23:58 yesterday to reports that a man had fallen from the back of a Nissan Navara in Kings Drive.

King's Drive, Bradwell

The man sustained serious head injuries and has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Three other men, who were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. All three, aged in their 20s and from the Great Yarmouth area, remain in police custody at this time.

Officers are keen to hear from any witnesses, or anyone who may have seen the vehicle prior to incident.

Anyone with information should contact the Norfolk Constabulary.

Redundancies packages of £2.76m at Norfolk County Council

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Redundancy packages of £2.76m, including a £252,500 payout to a resources director, have been revealed in Norfolk County Council's statement of accounts 2016-17.

The exit payments went to 191 employees of the authority.

Abbe Gibson

They include the payment to former executive director of resources Anne Gibson (pictured above) as well as a payment of £70,000 to the former director of children's services Michael Rosen (pictured below).

Michael Rosen

The accounts show that in 2016-17 there were 43 compulsory redundancies (compared to 93 last years) and 148 agreed departures (compared to 164 last year).

There were 191 exit packages.

Norfolk commentator Henry Blofeld retires

Norfolk-born commentator Henry Blofeld has announced he's retiring from BBC Radio 4's Test Match Special after 45 years in the commentary box.

Henry Blofeld
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The 77-year-old will broadcast on the show for the final time when England host West Indies on 7 September.

"Although I am still rather keener than mustard, I find it harder work than I once did," he said.

Serious car crash in Great Yarmouth

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A serious car crash happened in Great Yarmouth in the early hours of this morning.

The car crash in North Drive

Police were called to North Drive after a Peugeot collided with a central barrier near the junction of Jellicoe Road and Barnard Avenue.

Crash investigators are at the scene.

The car crash in North Drive

Norwich City's Jacob Murphy scores for England U21's

Jack Reeve

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy was on the scoresheet for England U21's last night as they progressed into the semi-finals of the European Championships.

Manager Aidy Boothroyd described Murphy's performance as 'fantastic'.

The Young Lions had to beat Poland if they wanted to progress and they did exactly that - the game finished 3-0.

Jacob Murphy scores England's second goal of the night
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Jacob Murphy scores England's second goal of the night

The semi-final will take place next Monday and England will know who they face in that on Saturday.

The Young Lions haven't won the tournament since 1984.

Weather: Cloudy and cool but remaining mostly dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Dry, cloudy and breezy with a few sunny spells possible throughout the day.

It's going to feel cooler and fresher than in recent days.

Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

More details from BBC Weather.

Good morning Norfolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Hello and thanks for joining us at the start of a new day on Norfolk Live.

This morning the weather seem pretty, but there's also decent breeze. We'll have the weather forecast shortly.

Today we'll be covering news that chessboxing is coming to Norfolk among other stories.

Join us for our regular news updates throughout the day.

Severe disruption: A47 Norfolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk westbound severe disruption, between A1122 Swaffham Road and Narford Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in Swaffham closed and very slow traffic westbound between the A1122 Swaffham Road junction and the Narford Road junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our live coverage today...

Thanks for joining us for Norfolk Live today, our regular news updates have now come to an end and will restart at 08:00 tomorrow.

Among the stories we've brought you today has been the news that North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb won't be standing for leadership of the Liberal Democrats, and Ed Sheeran's donated some of his clothes to charity.

Scroll down to read more on these and our other news bites.

As predicted, the heatwave came to a sudden end... we'll leave you with this dark and forbidding sky over Holkham bay earlier this afternoon.

Dark sky over Holkham

Sir John Major supports hospice appeal

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The former prime minister Sir John Major has shown his support for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) Nook Appeal by attending a dinner to raise funds for the charity.

The charity, whose royal patron is the Duchess of Cambridge, has outgrown its Quidenham hospice and now needs a new purpose-built facility to meet increased demand for service and the needs of the children it cares for.

The Duchess launched the appeal in November 2014. It aims to raise £10m to transform children's palliative care across Norfolk, including a new hospice on a woodland site to the south of Norwich.

Sir John Major with EACH chief executive Graham Butland

During his speech, Sir John spoke of the need for the facility, and of the services that the charity provides. He recounted a number of stories of individual families and their children who'd received care and support from EACH.

He also spoke of the pain and anguish suffered by parents when a young life is taken too soon, and said that as a parent and grandfather himself he found the bravery "exhibited by the children and families thrown into such terrible circumstances humbling to witness".

Norwich Beacon cafe extends to reach more people

Network Norfolk

The Beacon Café, part of St Elizabeth’s Church in Earlham, Norwich, plans to extend so it can serve more people in the local area.

Beacon cafe - groups of people sitting at tables
Network Norfolk

Customer claims maggot eggs were on sealed roll bought from Greggs in Diss

Diss Express

A Greggs spokesperson has reassured customers their products at the Diss store are safe after apparent maggot eggs were found on a sealed roll.

Exterior view of Greggs in Diss
Diss Express

Broads bridge closed

The Broads Authority is tweeting a message warning boat users that Reedham Bridge is unable to open.

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Service to remember helicopter crash casualties

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A service of remembrance will be held at Caister lifeboat station this evening to commemorate the lives of a Whirlwind Helicopter crew which crashed nearby 50 years ago tonight.

The Search and Rescue crew from 202 Squadron at RAF Coltishall were on exercise navigation training inland over Norfolk and Suffolk, and over the coast from Pakefield Rifle Range up to the Great Yarmouth area.

Black and white photo showing aircraft wreckage
Bob Collis

But at 19:50, despite having only flown 10 hours after a major overhaul, a rotor blade broke off the Westland Whirlwind - causing it to ditch into the sea.

It was witnessed by Ivan Jones, then a 14-year-old boy who'd just joined Caister Lifeboat. He was on look-out duty at the time, and told me what he saw.

"I wasn't looking at the helicopter in particular, I knew there was one around - I'd heard it... then I heard a noise, I looked out and saw the yellow Search and Rescue helicopter which looked like it was over the Seashore Holiday Camp... something fell from it, which I now know was the rotor blade and it headed out towards sea."

I didn't actually see it hit the sea... that pilot was probably a bit of a hero, because if it had dropped straight down it would have been on the holiday camp."

Ivan Jones

So why won't Norman Lamb run?

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

It's impossible to overestimate the pressure that Norman Lamb has been under during the last few months.

His seat was the main Conservative target in East Anglia during the election. It was a tough - at times nasty - campaign as the Tories bombarded North Norfolk with big name visits, leaflets and advertising. The Lib Dem cause was not helped by the fact that 59% of people voted to leave the EU.

"We threw everything at him in that election, he's aged ten years," a Conservative MP told me the other day.

That's probably the main reason why Mr Lamb isn't standing for the leadership. He's exhausted and he knows he'll have a reduced majority of 3,500 to defend whenever the next election is held.

Norman Lamb MP

But he is also a man who at times has appeared a little detached from his party and its policies. He is popular with members, he's popular with his constituents and he's won a lot of credit for his work on mental health - work which he'll be able to continue now that there's no chance of him becoming leader.

Leading the Lib Dems, a party which is still struggling for an identity following its time in coalition and its subsequent disastrous defeat, will be no easy task.

I think Mr Lamb has concluded that he has enough on his plate without any more hassle.

Norman Lamb rules himself out of party leadership race

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has announced he's not standing to be leader of the Liberal Democrats.

In a statement, he admitted to having differences with his party over the issue of Brexit.

He also said that he'd just fought a "gruelling" campaign to hold on to his seat, which friends say has left him exhausted.

Mr Lamb has described the party's policy of holding a second Brexit referendum as "toxic".

He says many in the party saw his decision to abstain during the Article 50 vote "as an act of betrayal" and he felt wounded when an anonymous Lib Dem source told a newspaper that it looked like he couldn't make a tough call.

"It is actually quite tough to go against your party, and I did it on a matter of principle," he said.

During the campaign, Mr Lamb found himself "sympathising with those who felt that the party was not listening to them and was treating them with some disdain".

Norman Lamb MP

He wants the Liberal Democrats to engage in more cross-party working in the new hung parliament, he also wants it to flag up issues like climate change which he says are not being properly debated.

Mr Lamb was seen as one of the favourites to lead his party and is popular both with members and political opponents. But he has decided that it is not for him.

Photos: From bingo hall to multiplex

More now on our story of the four-screen cinema that will soon be opening in Gorleston.

In the 1960s bingo was very much the fashion... and in 1964 the final curtain went down at the Palace cinema, and it became a bingo hall.

Now work is under way to transform the Art Deco building back into a cinema - this time a four-screen multiplex.

Interior, showing conversion work

The walls are being cladded , new ones created - but the basic structure will remain.

Interior, showing conversion work

Patrick Duffy, of Palatial Leisure, is converting the Palace, and he says it will attract a lot of people into the town who'd normally go to Norwich.

Interior, showing conversion work

He doesn't know what the last film to be shown at the old cinema was - if you do, we'd love to hear from you. But Patrick says films are already booked for when the cinema opens its doors in a few weeks time.

Head to Gorleston for the top movies

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

It has been more than 50 years since the last film was shown at the Palace in Gorleston.

The Art Deco building on the High Street, a cinema from 1939, was converted into a bingo hall in the 1960s. But now it's being turned back into a movie house - a multiplex, with four screens

The Palace bingo club ni Gorleston

Patrick Duffy is the man behind the plans, and he told me the seaside town is now at the centre of what he calls a conservative nightlife.

"You've got Wetherspoons coming, no nightclubs or whatever, but people who like to go out for an evening will now be able to come into Gorleston."

Patrick Duffy, inside the former bingo hall

He expects to open the brand new, state-of-the art multiplex in around five to six weeks, but won't rush it as he wants to make sure they have the most comfortable seating and the accoustics are absolutely right.

We've done no leasing or rentals, we've purchased everything - this means we'll have the top four films available in the UK right here in Gorleston... you can go to Norwich, Ipswich, anywhere, but you're not going to get any better than you've got here."

Patrick Duffy

Ed Sheeran donates items from 'casual wardrobe' to Fakenham charity shop

The 24th charity shop for the East Anglia's Children's Hospices opened its doors in Fakenham today - with a selection of clothing worn by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

It's not the first time that the musician has cleaned out his wardrobe for the charity.

Ed, who still lives in Suffolk, is an ambassador of EACH, and has been a good supporter of the charity since he linked up with it in 2014.

A recent sale of 70 items of his clothing fetched nearly £7,300 for the charity - and his performance at a gala dinner in aid of the Nook appeal at the Natural History Museum raised more than £260,000

Area retail manager Sarah Throssell says in the past Ed has donated beautiful suits that he's worn to big events - but explains the items on sale in Fakenham are from his "casual wardrobe".

Sarah Throssell stands by a rail of Ed Sheeran's clothing

It's not an auction, they're all price from £35 upwards... if you're a real Ed fan, we hope you'll find that price is good."

Sarah ThrossellEACH area retail manager

Charity shop has the 'Ed-edge'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An eclectic mix of clothes worn by Ed Sheeran has gone on sale at a charity shop in Fakenham.

The Suffolk singer, who was recently awarded an MBE for his services to music and charity, is an ambassador for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

The top selling artist, who's headlining the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, has donated 10 items of clothing to EACH'S shop, which opened in the north Norfolk market town today.

Included in the mix are t-shirts and trousers, a pair of shorts and a plain white shirt.

A rail of clothes donated by Ed Sheeran

EACH area retail manager Sarah Throssell says fans won't be disappointed.

We ask his mum, when she drops them off on his behalf, to give them as-worn - they're not laundered - so for a true-Ed fan they're just what they want."

Sarah ThrossellEACH area retail manager

Woman charged after serious assault

A woman has been charged with assault in connection with an incident which happened in Norwich yesterday.

Police, including armed officers, were called to Watson Grove shortly after midnight following reports a man had been wounded with a knife.

A 32-year-old woman who was arrested in connection with the incident has now been charged.

The victim, who's in his 50s, suffered a non-life threatening serious chest injury. He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment, but has since been discharged.

City teenagers face education shake-up

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News today: Plans revealed to merge City College and stop A-Levels at Hewett:

Front page of Norwich Evening News

Witness appeal following fail-to-stop crash

Police are looking for the driver of a silver Renault Clio following a collision in Welney.

The vehicle had collided with a bicycle on the A1101, on the Welney side of the suspension bridge. As a result, the bike then hit another cycle.

The Renault driver didn't stop at the scene and drove off towards Wisbech.

Both the cyclists, a boy in his teens and a man in his early 20s, were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn with leg injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Police.